Serving Up Aces

Thomas Peacock leads the Patriots at the No. 1 seed | Contributed photos

By Allison Christiano | Special Correspondent

The APA varsity tennis team’s season is gearing up to be the best, finishing with the NCISAA 2A playoffs, a tournament in which the Patriots finished runner-up last year.

The Patriots, coached by Mr. Donald Clark, are focused on winning the state championship this year and currently are sporting a 12-1 record.

“I have been very pleased with the team,” said Coach Clark. “We seem to be getting better every day. We have played a very demanding schedule this year. I’m glad to see the team peaking as we get close to the state playoffs.”

APA is led by No. 1 seed Thomas Peacock and seniors Drew Grice, Zach Sylvia, Tap Perry, and Cameron Pope,

Many members of the team believe the team can take the next step; however, they know it will not be easy.

Junior William Hill said, “I think we are as sharp as we’ve ever been starting this season. We expect to get back to the championship but we’ll have some tough matches to get there.”

Sophomore Winfield Warren also believes the team can take the next step, stating that winning the state championship is a “pretty realistic goal to have seeing that all of our players have improved significantly since last year.”

Coach Clark attributes the team’s success their willingness to accept change.

Senior Cameron Pope leads a host of experienced players on Coach Donald Clark’s Patriots

“This team has been very willing to make some changes thus far, and we are becoming much stronger, especially in doubles, because they have been so open to improvement,” said Coach Clark.


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